The Purpose of Punishment


In Catholic tradition, the justifications for punishment are fourfold:


  • Retribution
  • Deterrence
  • Security
      (Defense against the criminal)
  • Rehabilitation



    Punishment, since it involves the deliberate infliction of evil against another, is always in need of justification."

    U.S. Council of Bishops, 1980



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